I’ve known Melati since she was practically teenager. Her sister is an old friend from college. Four years through our college years I would meet her occasionally. And what girls talked about other than boys, love life and all the works. I’m so happy that she finally found the one and since I was in Bali that time I was able to document it for her. Congratulations you two!
On the other note traditional wedding is totally different from what I usually shoot. And I totally love the challenge. Although I have lived in Bali for more than 20 years I never once witnessed a traditional Balinese wedding as a whole. So many things going on, colourful wedding details, it’s just endless if not overwhelming in a good way. This is my first traditional wedding but I’m sure not the last one. Enjoy some of my favorites.
The family temple was decorated and ready to be used for the ceremony.
All the wedding details were handmade by the family of the groom and helped by the community.
The offerings wouldn’t be complete without a suckling pig.
The women were busy preparing for the ceremony.
When I arrived at 7 am, Melati was ready with her wedding attire and make up. She was up at 4 am. Eeek. But I was still in time to see Agung getting ready for his wedding attire.
There she is the beautiful bride.
While waiting for Agung we took some pictures of Melati.
Some of the gorgeous details of her wedding attire.
The pretty head piece is very pretty and decorated with fresh flowers at the back however they weigh more than 2 kg Melati said.
After finishing with all the attire preparations breakfast was the first thing to do. Since they were up since 4am and the day was still long. Of course the breakfast was a Balinese way with nasi bungkus (wrapped rice)
Since our time was not much we took some portrait pictures around the house.
They really looked like king and queen of the day.
But suddenly this cute little boy stole the show.
The priest had come and chant his prayers to the Gods.
We went inside the family temple to proceed with the ceremony.
As part of their ceremony they had to do some rituals. As this one they had to cook rice together. Rituals are symbols of the life ahead as husband and wife.
After their ceremony, outside the temple the family continued to other rituals.
For more photos do see the slideshow here.